Another near death experience

Cn: implied ipv (intimate partner violence). Not explicit or graphic. Discursive.

When love

Is experienced

As abandonment

By violence

Or otherwise…

Because violence

Is also abandonment

Of a kind

& paradoxically

Control is

Also abandonment

The abandonment

Of a loved one’s

True & whole self

Underneath veneers

Of prescience


A tree grows

In place of


The tree a connection

To reality

Branches reaching

In naked vulnerability

Through winter storm

Clothed coming around

In summer’s leafy


How […]

Another near death experience

© Niliema Karkhanis

Authour’s note: poem 29/30 for a month of poetry 2021

Featured image by Paweł Czerwiński from Unsplash

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